Spring cleaning doesn’t need to happen during the spring, but most people do it then. Cleaning the entirety of your home is a long, thorough, but tedious process which requires your full attention. That’s why most people dedicate a day or two just for spring cleaning. During this time, plenty of unused things and items appear and you end up with not knowing what to do with them. Some people throw these items away, and others gift them. However, your best bet would be to attempt to earn money with them.
There are plenty of ways with which you can earn money after spring cleaning your home, and in this article, we’ll help you understand all the methods. The thing you need to remember is that quite likely, and you won’t be earning tremendous amounts of money. However, even something is better than nothing plus, at least there are still some possible uses for them (such as the first entry in this list).
Get Cash at the Consignment Store
Found old clothes that you can’t wear anymore? Trousers are too large because you’ve lost weight? Whatever the case may be, instead of throwing your clothes away, take them to a consignment store.
They’ll give you some cash for your things, and you’ll leave knowing that other people will continue to wear these clothes. It’s a win-win situation – you get rid of unnecessary stuff and clutter from your home whilst also earning some cash!
Kids Clothes and Toys
Kids grow out of their clothes rather quickly and, if the clothes survive the kid (since kids can be pretty violent towards things and don’t understand the concept of caring for things until they reach a certain age), take them to a store that would re-sell them or directly sell them to other people.
Toys also fall in this category and, unless a toy is essential to your child, they might not want to play with it anymore. If this happens, take the unused toys and sell them, so other kids get a chance to play with them!
Sell Old Books
Some books will never be read any more in your home, and they’ll only take up space. People usually take these old books and place them in the attic or basement, but this isn’t good either since they’ll just become worse and worse while taking up unnecessary space.
Your best bet here is to take the books away and sell them. There are locations such as Half Price Books where you can bring your book collection and earn some cash. The amount isn’t huge, but it’s something, plus your old books will have a place to stay, and someone might read them again!
Antiques and Collectibles
Helping your parents clean out their home may also harbor some interesting items that are eligible for sale. These are often considered antiques since they’ve been purchased a long time in the past. Some people prefer to keep their antiques or collectibles because they’re either emotionally attached to them or don’t want to see them gone.
However, if your parents are okay with you selling these items, go for it! Don’t forget to let them in on a share of the sales as well since the stuff is originally theirs! eBay is one of the best places where you can sell collectibles and antiques, and they only take 10% of the value for each item.
Vintage furniture can be found in most homes but, guess what? They aren’t being used. Spring cleaning can fish out some of this old furniture, and if you’re sick of it taking up space, it’s time to sell it. There are a couple of acceptable websites that let you set the selling price for each furniture item, and you’ll receive around 80% of the price with each sale.
If you don’t want to do it over the Internet, we recommend either organizing a yard sale or finding a store that would accept your old furniture for a price.
Sell Your Expensive Electronics
Electronics that used to cost hundreds of dollars is now worth a lot less, but it’s still worth something. That’s why you shouldn’t just throw your old laptop away and, instead, should attempt to sell it. Again, websites such as eBay, Amazon, and others allow you to set the price yourself, but they might not be the best option.
Best Buy has a trade-in program that allows you to give them old, expensive electronics for Best Buy gift cards. If you search a bit more, you’ll find even better options!
Get Cash for Unused Gift Cards
You might have received a gift card a couple of months ago and don’t plan on spending it in that particular store (for various reasons). You’ve already forgotten about it, and during spring cleaning, you found it again. What should you do? Well, if you don’t plan on using it, why not get cash for the unused gift card?
Gift Card Granny is a great choice when it comes to ‘selling’ gift cards, and you’ll get 92% of the gift card’s cash value.
Similarly to the first and second points, any clothing item that you find during spring cleaning can get you cash. But, in this case, instead of taking your clothes to a second-hand shop, you could take a look at Thred Up which gives out free clean-out kits. You take branded clothing and pack it in bundles. Then, when you’re done organizing, send the kit back, and you’ll receive your money.
Trade-in Your Video Games
Video games are interesting in the sense that, once you’re done playing and don’t plan on playing the game in the future, you can sell them as used. They aren’t eternal and age quite fast (unless the game is exceptional and develops a cult following).
On the other hand, even games that you don’t like and won’t even finish are eligible for sale. Visit your friendly GameStop and trade in your used game for some cash.